I know this topic has been discussed a lot, but I wanted to post my experience for a specific reason. A lot of the posts out there about Hemorrhoidectomy recovery are very very scary, and rightfully so. Not everyone, however, has that same horrible time with this surgery so I wanted to post my experience thus far (still ongoing).
I am a healthy 29 year old male, but had a very large external hemorrhoid that just wouldnt go away, and the doctor recommended surgery. I had the procedure done two days ago. Everything people say about the pain afterwards is true, its pretty rough. The first night I did not sleep one wink, and the pain meds simply took the edge off but didnt relieve the pain. The worst part was feeling the pressure packing that they jammed up there to keep the wounds from bleeding. I couldnt wait to rip those out the following morning.
Morning after and next day, I took out the gauze and started sitz bathing, which really does help temporarily relieve the pain! I can manage to walk around a little and get myself stuff to eat as well. The most important thing I can advise is do everything in your power to avoid constipation. I started stool softeners 3 days before surgery, am drinking fiber, eating healthy (apples, veggies, etc), but the pain killers and anasthetic still made my first BM a little tough. Actually going to the bathroom didnt hurt my wounds that much, but because I had to push so hard to pass the hard stool it was a little painful. I had my first BM this morning (2 days after) and I'm doing ok. Here is the crazy part, I am actually getting on a plane in about 4 hours. 2 hour flight, I have a ride to the airport who is going to handle all my bags. Its going to hurt like hell and the pain meds are my best friend, but I dont want to miss this flight.
I guess I just want to pass some encouragement. It does hurt, but the experience isnt going to kill everyone out there. To me, not having to worry about that hemorrhoid any more is going to be worth the recovery. I'll let everyone know how I do after the flight. Im just parking it on a bed for the next 3 days afterwards, so I just have to push through about 4 hours more of pain.
Update for everyone. I did the two hour flight two days after my surgery. Pain pills were my friend, I actually didnt do too bad with the flight. The last half hour or so and drive hom e from the airport were rough just from being up all day, but I made it. I'm on day 4 now of the recovery and the worst part has been the hard bowel movements due to the pain medicine. Day 3 I went all day without taking a pain pill and now I am off them completely. I had a very hard bowel movement day 3 where I actually needed some Milk of Magnesia to help get my system going. There was much more bleeding than usual, but now day 4 I have gotten all of the hard stool out and I am starting to become regular/soft again. Again, I think my recovery has gone very well and Id like to encourage those who are considering the surgery that not everyone has the horror stories you hear about, even though this is no recovery to take lightly.
thanks for the first positive post-operative experience I've read, since i started furiously reading posts on this topic. I'm scheduled for surgery 12/17, and intend to take 4 weeks off, at the direction of my specialist. I'm about ready to cancel, after reading all of the horrible side effects. not having control of my body...frightens me more than anything. I am considering living with stage 3 and 4 internal/external H's, and NOT going through with a 3 quad hemmorhoidectomy. How are you feeling now? any other symptoms that have arisen since your last post? shooting pains, drainage, involuntary or uncontrolable issues? thanks.
Last edited by hoodster95; 11-29-2008 at 04:31 PM.
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I am nearing day 6 of my recovery and am still doing pretty well. I still have no need for pain killers, but the area is still a little sore and constantly "tight" feeling. I will be going back to work on Monday and should be able to manage but I suspect it will be a good 2 weeks more before I feel completely back to normal, but the worst is definitely over. After dropping the pain pills on day 3 my bowel movements have gotten completely back to normal. I go once a day in the morning, and its fairly soft. I'm not even taking the stool softeners at the moment. Pretty much all I do is sit around, take a sitz bath several times a day and re apply gauze (It still bleeds/leaks very slightly which is supposedly normal). At this point the only big inconvenience is the bowel movements. They don't hurt actually going, but it does leave the area tender afterwards. Hopping in a bath afterwards and then relaxing is quick relief but going back to work Monday thats my main concern, I wont be able to do the bath thing any more.
As for you, if your hemorroids are as bad as you say, I must imagine they are affecting your life yes? The recovery for your surgery will be painful, but if you already have set aside a good 4 weeks of recovery then I would definitely go forward with it. My one larger hemorrhoid was actually becoming less painful (but still large) at the time of my surgery and Id still do it again. Its gone, things are totally gone down there. My biggest and most important piece of advice is to do everything in your power to find a pain killer that doesnt affect your bowel movements too much, and try to get off medicine as fast as you can and tough it out. Use them just for sleep if you can, and live in a sitz bath during the day.
awesome advice. thank you, I'm very happy to hear you have done so well. did you have anyone to help you around for the first few days?
well my current condition IS affecting my daily life, but it passes and then flairs up if you can relate to this... i'm fine for a week or two, then something happens...working to much around the yard or house,,,stress, or diarrhea, and I also have motorcyling as my hobby and life's enjoyment...it's not horrible, but i do suffer the consequences of a 200 mile ride or more in one day, and well, if it is bad enough to go to the initial evaluation, then it's bad enough...right? i just don't know if i'll be like YOU, and everything goes FINE, or miserable and regret ever doing it.
take care, and i so appreciate your quick response. I was so shocked to see all the negatives, and yours being only the first 'ok-not-so-bad" experience I've read thus far.
send any and all updates, I'll be watching. peace.
Yes, you will most certainly need someone at your side for minimum the first two days, and better if longer (assuming yours will be tougher than mine since I Just had one big one done).
I too read, and became scared by, what I saw on message boards. I darn near cancelled the surgery, but I am glad I didnt. Remember, more people will be inclined to post about these things the worse they are, it provides an outlet for pushing through......which is exactly why I felt compelled to share my "not so bad" side. Don't get me wrong and nothing against other posters who have very tough experiences, this surgery is very tough and it does hurt, but always keep in mind the reason for it. Once they are taken care of and you control your diet, you can be rid of these things for a long time and not have to worry about a flare up just from sneezing.
Update: Almost 2 weeks since the surgery, and I went back to work 1 week ago. The discomfort is still there, especially after bowel movements, but overall I was able to make it through a week of work at a desk job. I brought a pillow in for my chair. Day 1 at work was very uncomfortable. Mainly its just after bowel movements. The movements themselves dont hurt, it just makes it sting afterwards. I don't have any "pain", just discomfort that is tolerable. Each day the level of discomfort is about the same after a bowel movement, but the time it takes to ease is growing shorter each day. By the end of each day I'm usually feeling pretty good and barely notice, but the cycle restarts after each bowel movement. Doc says this is totally normal. I'm still putting gauze down there, and the wound is still leaking pus throughout the day. Tomorrow I'm going to attempt to go to the gym for the first time in a month. I am not worried about the pain, but I do hope I don't somehow slow my recovery because of this. I might call the doc just in case but I can't stand sitting around any more. I'll probably avoid situps for another couple weeks to not put too much pressure down there. Overall I am supposedly doing really well, Im just nervous that the wound wont heal properly even though I have no real reason to be (just don't know what to expect). However, this is the first two week span in over 5 years that I havent touched preparation H, so thats quite nice. Surgery was still worth it in my opinion.
thank you for the update. i go today to my surgeon, to ask many more questions before my scheduled surgery on 12/17. I will decide after this meeting if it is worth it or not.
I really surprised to hear you are 2 weeks post op and still having drainage. That doesn't seem right. Thank you again for your informative posts and for your sincere opinion of your surgery.
My surgeon said it was completely normal to still have drainage and slight bleeding because the wound still hadnt healed completely. It's being made worse though by the fact Im back at work and sitting all day long versus lying back, but he said it was normal and could even take up to 6 weeks to stop completely. I'm still improving, today barely stung at all after bowel movement and sitting wasnt uncomfortable afterwards. Blood has nearly disappeared from the stool, just a little on the paper afterwards. I think I'm going to give working out a shot starting this weekend and give it a few more days to heal. Let me know about your meeting Id be curious.....don't be scared especially if you have allocated 4 weeks for yourself.
I'm scheduled for surgery for my hemorrhoids, and I'd love to have someone to talk to. At the very least, some of the more positive stories I've read here have given me some courage -- especially considering some of the horror stories I've also read. Anyone still around on this thread who might be willing to talk to me? Any advice would be helpful, although I'm also just plain scared. I'm having laser surgery. Has anyone had that?
I am scheduled for surgery in three days - reading your posts has eased my nervousness a little bit - but I'm still not looking forward to the pain I will have next week...I have no pain with my hem but just want it GONE. Am looking forward to next month when all of this is behind me.
Thanks again for posting something positive for us out there yet to go through it ourselves...
Update. I had my surgery today and am feeling great. I know its only day one and I am still numb from the surgery, but I have no pain at all. Am still a bit nervous about my first bm tomorrow (eek), but right now its 8 hours since my surgery and I haven't yet taken any pain meds. Based on how I'm feeling now I am very positive about the experience. I was REALLY nervous after reading some posts here, but know that every experience is different and I am already SO happy that I went through with it. I plan to keep up the water and high fiber foods and to keep my feet up and rest for a few days - but so far so good!
I had a hemmorhoidectomy for 3 external hemmorhoids on Jan. 5th. It was a difficult decision to go for this surgery because unlike many of your other reports, even though I had stage 4, severe hemmorhoids, I had no pain or discomfort just the hassle factor of wearing a sanitary napkin every single day for bleeding. Also, I did not have any of what I have read as the predisposing factors such as constipation (I am regular as a horse), pregnancy/childbirth or lifting heavy weights.
It's been kind of a mixed bag re: recovery. I was on dilaudid for first 3 days, although I cut down my dose on the 3rd day as I was practically falling asleep while eating. On the 4th day, I had not had a BM, so cut out narcotics altogether and now am just on ibuprofen. I have been having a problem with stool softeners and am wondering if any of you have feedback. When taking them just before bedtime, they starting kicking in after about 3 hrs. so I was up most of the night having BM's. I made the bad decision to not take a stool softener last night and while I slept beautifully am not able to go today so back on stool softeners. The frustrating thing is that the stool softener I am on should not have a laxative effect but for me, I was going 6 times in 6 hrs. My doctor did advise for me to take in the morning so at least I am going during daytime hours, but this is really challenging. How long did it take for people to go normally without a stool softener?
Other than that issue, my pain has been fairly well controlled. I vary from sitting on an ice pack or on a pillow if I am in pain, but the pain is related more to the BM's than to the surgery. Thanks for your responses!